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Late Qing jian logo

A fine late Qing jian

A step above the norm in quality for this period, with nicely pierced mounts.
Late Qing jian

Late Qing jian

A typical example, complete with lacquered scabbard.
Iron mounted republican jian

Late iron mounted jian

A rarer configuration, normally mounted with brass in this period. With a chrome-plated blade.
Qing militia jian

Seven stars militia jian

A short, stout Chinese straightsword of a type used by village defenses across the empire.
Shuangjian

Shuāngjiàn (雙劍)

Language: Mandarin Chinese

Ming jian logo

Ming jian with chiseled mounts

A very early, full-length type, rarely seen with chiseled iron mounts.
Double kiem logo

Matched Vietnamese kiếm pair

With carved stone handles and superb workmanship in silver and mother-of-pearl.
Tang logo

Sǔn (榫)

Language: Mandarin Chinese
Source: Classical literature

Song kiem logo

Song kiếm (雙劍)

The Vietnamese double sword.
Vietnamese kiem logo

Kiếm (劍)

The double-edged straightsword of Vietnam.
Jian scabbard logo

Qiào kǒugū (鞘口箍)

Qing Chinese for the mouthpiece of a scabbard.
Ming militia jian logo

Early militia jian

An early Chinese militia jiàn most likely dating from the Ming.
Vietnamese double swords logo

Vietnamese double swords

A rare combination of full-length double Vietnamese swords with live blades.
Tuanlian jian logo

Tuánliàn jiàn (團練劍)

The Chinese militia jian. A simple, practical version of the Chinese straightsword.
Chinese jian straightsword logo

Jiàn (劍)

The Chinese straightsword.
Republican period jian logo

Republican period fighting jian

A very nice and complete example, circa 1920's-30's.
Antique Vietnamese kiem

Vietnamese straightsword

It has a narrow but sturdy blade with a springy temper.
Chinese double jian set

Chinese double shortswords

A good set of the first half of the 19th century, with large and rather heavy forge folded blades.
Republican period jian logo

Republican jian with etched blade

Description

A large and rather interesting Chinese jian dating from the Chinese Republican period.

Qianlong marked jian

Chinese sword with Qianlong reign mark

Introduction

This sword is part of a group of very similar swords.

Vietnamese kiem

A Vietnamese straightsword kiem

With a substantial, quality blade.
Shuangjian with ivory grips

Shuangjian with ivory grips

Description

Presented is an excellent set of deluxe double straightswords, or shuāngjià

Chinese scholar's sword

A Chinese scholar's sword

Introduction

The Chinese straightsword or jiàn (劍) was traditionally the side-arm

Ming militia jian

Ming militia sword

An honest, unpretentious fighting weapon of the Ming-Qing period.
Large daoist jian

Large Chinese Daoist sword

Chiseled in the blade is “勅今” which could either mean "imperial order" or "Daoist magic command".
Vietnamese kiem logo

A Vietnamese kiem

A very good Vietnamese ceremonial kiem of the Nguyen dynasty.
Vietnamese kiem

An ivory hilted kiem

The grip made of a single piece, worked in high relief.
Large jian with disc guard logo

Large jian with saber guard

Built around an excellent sanmei blade.
Antique Chinese practice sword logo

An antique Chinese practice sword

With Daoist talisman and Longquan markings.
Demon repeller

The Demon Repeller - Talisman sword

Introduction

The Chinese straightsword or jian (劍) was the side arm of the Ch

Antique Vietnamese arms logo

Antique Vietnamese arms

Vietnam produced some of the finest mother-of-pearl inlays, seen on for example on the scabbards of ceremonial swords and sabers.
Good Chinese jian

A very good Chinese jian

Representing the height of the sword maker's art of its period.